National Newswatch

Trump takes a final shot at Canada with CUSMA dairy complaint

Dec 15 2020 — Alex Binkley — Government says it’s adhering to the terms of the trade agreement.   Ottawa—Donald Trump’s dislike for Canada’s supply management system manifested itself during the CUSMA negotiations and his administration has taken a parting shot at it. It filed a request for consultations with Canada over how it distributed quotas on imports of U.S. dairy products. […]

U.K. government, Canadian businesses warn of disruptions if Commons fails to pass new trade bill

Dec 10 2020 — Janyce McGregor — With MPs set to start their holiday recess soon, concerns are mounting in both British government and Canadian business circles about the House of Commons failing to pass implementation legislation for the new Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement before existing trade rules expire. International Trade Minister Mary Ng introduced bill C-18 on Wednesday. While her officials […]

Brits fear ‘damage’ if Canadian politicians delay ratification of trade deal

Dec 10 2020 — — The British government is concerned and disappointed that Canada’s Parliament won’t be able to formally ratify the countries’ new trade agreement ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline. British trade officials said Thursday they are concerned the delay will inflict “damage and destruction” on businesses, and they blame the situation on Canadian politicians who they say […]

Canada-U.K. trade deal signed — but implementing bill unlikely to meet deadline

Dec 9 2020 — Janyce McGregor — International Trade Minister Mary Ng introduced legislation today to implement Canada’s newly signed transitional trade agreement with the United Kingdom — but it’s not likely to become law before the government’s Dec. 31 deadline. A release from the British High Commission said the U.K.’s Deputy High Commissioner for Canada David Reed and John Hannaford, Canada’s […]

Ottawa Group keeps pushing for WTO reform

Dec 8 2020 — Alex Binkley — The need for reform should be evident to all, top WTO officials says.   Ottawa—Two years have passed since Canada and 12 other countries formed the Ottawa Group to promote reform of the World Trade Organization to protect international trade rules. On the surface they don’t have a lot to show for their efforts but […]

Commons considers Bloc bill to end dairy concessions in trade deals

Nov 24 2020 — Janyce McGregor — When Canadian trade negotiators begin talks with the United Kingdom next year on a permanent bilateral trade deal, their hands could be tied when it comes to offering any future dairy, egg or poultry concessions, if Parliament passes a new private member’s bill up for its first hour of debate later today. Bloc Québécois MP […]

Canada, U.K. strike transitional post-Brexit trade deal

Nov 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Canada and the United Kingdom have reached an interim post-Brexit trade agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday. “Now we get to continue to work on a bespoke agreement, a comprehensive agreement, over the coming years that will really maximize our trade opportunities and boost things for everyone,” Trudeau […]

Some progress in European trade disputes, Verheul says

Nov 17 2020 — Alex Binkley — Resolving disputes with the EU takes longer than it should.   Ottawa—While there are signs of progress in overcoming European obstacles to Canadian agrifood shipments, Ottawa will have to keep the pressure on, says veteran trade negotiator Steve Verheul. Pork and beef shipments still face the most difficulties under the three-year old free trade with […]

What to expect on the trade file from a Biden administration

Nov 9 2020 — Janyce McGregor — On the morning of the U.S. election, a Vancouver radio host asked Justin Trudeau what topped his list of cross-border concerns. “Trade,” the prime minister said. “Continuing access to the American market, making sure we’re defending Canadian jobs, defending Canadian workers and ensuring a smooth flow of goods across the border, even in a difficult […]